Leyenda’s Rizzo Sangrita Cocktail

Sangrita is a refreshing palate cleanser traditionally sipped alongside a shot of tequila or mezcal, but in this cocktail from Leyenda, the two meet in the same glass.

1½ oz. espadín mezcal
1 oz. Rizzo Sangrita
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
½ oz. agave syrup (2:1 agave:water)
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: Collins
Garnish: lime wheel

Prepare a glass with a spicy salt rim (use a 2:1:1 ratio of salt to sugar to ground chile pequin) and set aside. In a mixing tin, shake all the ingredients together with ice until chilled and strain into the prepared glass over fresh ice. Garnish.

Rizzo Sangrita
24 oz. mango purée
9 oz. yellow bell pepper juice
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground pasilla chile
½ tsp. ground white pepper
1 tsp. ground chile de arbol
2 oz. fresh lime juice
4 oz. water

Combine all the ingredients in a jar or jug and shake to blend. Store in the refrigerator when not in use.

Shannon Ponche, Leyenda, New York City

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